Summer Reading Book Collection

August 14, 2023

Indulge in the ultimate literary escape this summer with our captivating book collection, thoughtfully curated to ignite your imagination under the sun's embrace. From thrilling adventures to heartwarming romances, our handpicked selection promises to transport you to far-off worlds without leaving your beach towel. Get ready to turn the pages and embark on a journey that will make your summer unforgettable.

1 Summer


Romain Rolland | Fiction


On the half-light of the room, with its closed shutters, Annette was sitting on her bed, smiling, with her white dressing-gown wrapped about her. Her unbound hair, which she had just washed, covered her shoulders. Through the open windows could be seen the motionless, golden warmth of an August mid-afternoon; without observing it, one felt out there the torpor of the Jardin de Boulogne sleeping in the sunlight. Annette shared in this beatitude.

2 Summer


Edith Wharton | Humanities and Arts


Summer is a novel by Edith Wharton published in 1917 by Charles Scribner's Sons. The story is one of only two novels to be set in New England by Wharton, who was best known for her portrayals of upper-class New York society. The novel details the sexual awakening of its protagonist, Charity Royall, and her cruel treatment by the father of her child, and shares many plot similarities with Wharton's better-known novel, Ethan Frome. Only moderately well received when originally published, Summer has had a resurgence in critical popularity since the 1960s.

3 Summer Schooled

Summer Schooled

T. Randal | Erotica


1st book of Summer Series. This is a script version.

4 Summer Gone

Summer Gone

T. Randal | Erotica


This is book two of the Summer Series. It is in script form.

5 Summer Set

Summer Set

T. Randal | Erotica


This is book three of the Summer Series. It is in script form.

6 Summer in a Red Mustang with Cookies

Summer in a Red Mustang with Cookies

Boo King | Fiction


It was a time of peace, love and misunderstanding. Summer in a Red Mustang with Cookies is a hilarious and poignant look back to the summer of 1969 in a small northern town. A coming of age novel, narrated 25 years after the "unbearably hot" summer that changed the lives of three families forever. Lifelong friends Jo and Harold meet up with the charismatic American Beth Luoto, the new girl on the block. The trio become fast friends in a fast car, as Beth takes Jo and Harold on the joyride of their lives - an adventure that is at once exhilarating and terrifying.

7 Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Cassie Beattie | Short Stories


A summer adventure turned into something completely different!

8 Gold, A Summer Story

Gold, A Summer Story

Mike Bozart | Erotica


Gold, a summer story, is an erotically charged, suspense-filled, film-noiresque, deceptive, highly unpredictable e-novel by Mike Bozart. It is set in North Carolina, primarily the Carolina Beach/Wilmington area. Charlotte, Raleigh, Fayetteville and Jacksonville (NC) also figure into the plot. Various characters 'accidentally' find a pair of gold nuggets worth over a million dollars. However, they have a hard time converting the bouillon into cash. Is the gold cursed? The desire for the gold is nearly equaled by the desire for sex. The lusty scenes are as steamy as the summer heat.

9 Summer Morning: A poem

Summer Morning: A poem

Thomas Miller | Poetry


Morning again breaks through the mines of Heaven, And shakes her jewelled kirtle on the sky, Heavy with rosy gold. Aside are driven The vassal clouds, which bow as she draws nigh, And catch her scattered gems of orient dye, The pearlèd-ruby which her pathway strews; Argent and amber, now thrown useless by. The uncoloured clouds wear what she doth refuse, For only once does Morn her sun-dyed garments use. No print of sheep-track yet hath crushed a flower; The spider’s woof with silvery dew is hung As it was beaded ere the daylight hour: The hookèd bramble just as it was strung, When on each leaf the Night her crystals flung, Then hurried off, the dawning to elude; Before the golden-beakèd blackbird sung, Or ere the yellow-brooms, or gorses rude, Had bared their armèd heads in lowly gratitude. From Nature’s old cathedral sweetly ring The wild-bird choirs—burst of the woodland band, Green-hooded nuns, who ’mid the blossoms sing; Their leafy temple, gloomy, tall, and grand, Pillared with oaks, and roofed with Heaven’s own hand. Hark! how the anthem rolls through arches dun:— “Morning again is come to light the land; The great world’s Comforter, the mighty Sun, Has yoked his golden steeds, the glorious race to run.” Those dusky foragers, the noisy rooks, Have from their green high city-gates rushed out, To rummage furrowy fields and flowery nooks; On yonder branch now stands their glossy scout. As yet no busy insects buzz about, No fairy thunder o’er the air is rolled: The drooping buds their crimson lips still pout; Those stars of earth, the daisies white, unfold, And soon the buttercups will give back “gold for gold.” “Hark! hark! the lark” sings ’mid the silvery blue; Behold her flight, proud man! and lowly bow. She seems the first that does for pardon sue, As though the guilty stain which lurks below Had touched the flowers that drooped above her brow, When she all night slept by the daisies’ side; And now she soars where purity doth flow, Where new-born light is with no sin allied, And pointing with her wings Heaven-ward our thoughts would guide.

10 The Summer of 66

The Summer of 66

Dan Wheatcroft | Mystery


In what could be considered a prequel to the Leveller Trilogy, Special Branch Detective Constable John Gallagher is seconded to a British Home Office Statistical Unit for what he considers a minor violation of trust. He's not well pleased; he knows nothing of statistics and had been hoping for a much less boring end to his year. The summer of 1966 is revered by all England, to this very day, as the year the Jules Rimet World Cup trophy came back to the home of football but behind all the excitement, another, deadlier game was being played, one with much more serious consequences.

11 Solitary Summer

Solitary Summer

Elizabeth Von Armin | Fiction


The Solitary Summer is a partially autobiographical novel first published in 1899. It’s an account of a summer spent in the country, away from the social world in which a woman of Elizabeth Von Arnim’s social stance was supposed to move. It’s also a companion to Von Arnim’s more famous Elizabeth and Her German Garden, which I’ve yet to read, but now absolutely must. Despite the title, the narrator’s summer isn’t completely solitary. She’s accompanied by her somewhat condescending husband, to whom she refers ironically as The Man of Wrath, and by her three small daughters. But despite their presence, the book is still about a summer of quiet reflection and nature observation.

12 The Coldest Summer

The Coldest Summer

Grace Gervas | Romance


When Kira Jones finally decides to take a six-week summer vacation, her best and only friend, Samantha, drags her into a trip out of California. What awaits in the way is something Kira has never fathomed at all, as her life gets a serious turn. She meets a mysterious ranch owner whom her friend already has eyes for, and Kira finds herself drawn near him in a very strange way. What will win in the end between the power of love and friendship?

13 The Summer of 75

The Summer of 75

Dan Wheatcroft | Mystery


Almost a decade after finding himself working for a shadowy Government department, ex-Detective John Gallagher is sent on a task that will become his most testing yet. Armed only with a two inch revolver, 12 bullets, some cryptic clues and a sense of humour, his mission is to assist a high ranking East German foreign intelligence operative to defect to the West.

14 The Return

The Return

Walter de la Mare | Horror Classics


This FREE e-Book features one of the best occult classics by famed English author, Walter de la Mare. Download it today!

15 McMurtry's Typewriter

McMurtry's Typewriter

Alan Nafzger | Fiction


A character so outrageous he could only have come from the ingenious imagination of Alan Nafzger, malicious, mischievous, meth-addicted Texas jurist Judge Bill Stafford has a plan to rid himself of his strange wife and to become a successful writer of Western fiction. McMurtry’s Typewriter is a delightfully dark classic thriller in the bright hot summer sun. Any reader who has experienced Nafzger’s screenwriting will get a charge out of this novel.

16 Matt Legend:  Veil of Lies

Matt Legend: Veil of Lies

Denis Mills | Youth


All Matt Legend wanted to do that dangerous summer was win the affections of a certain mysterious small town girl and get back to L.A. But when they discover a 26-foot human skeleton that is horrible to behold inside an ancient burial mound, he is warned if he tells anyone terrible things will happen and terrible things do. They don’t believe in ghosts but all that is about to change. They encounter a deadly cover-up that extends far beyond the archaeological world and into the supernatural one. They have stumbled upon a stasis giant, an entity Abraham Lincoln warned mankind about and what the Dead Sea Scrolls reveal as one of the millions of offspring of the Fallen Ones, who become evil spirits upon the death of their physical bodies.

17 From Colored to Negro to Black

From Colored to Negro to Black

Joseph Summers | Short Stories


From Colored To Negro To Black. History can be very exciting and an excellent learning tool for many. However, history can not be fully understood unless examined through the eyes of those who were most affected by the series of events being studied. This book attempts to look at the history of the United States from approximately the 1920s through the early 80s. It doesn't try to identify and quantify each historical happening but instead only uses major historical events to show how they affected the lives of two Black Women who lived during the 20th century. While the characters are completely fictional, they do represent a cross-section of Black Women who survived a time of change for the theUnited States. This book gives an insight into events that changed the lives of many.

18 Daisy and Bernard

Daisy and Bernard

Nick Aaron | Mystery


In the summer of 1989 the Iron Curtain is unraveling and Daisy Hayes has just gone on pension. But then she is summoned by the police to testify about a baffling and gruesome murder. During the ride to New Scotland Yard, the blind lady reflects that, though she knows nothing about this case, it will be hard to prove her innocence without revealing the two murders she did commit—in a distant past. The paperback editions of the Daisy Hayes Trilogy volumes cost around ten dollars each on Amazon. Offer a copy to a friend! There are other Blind Sleuth Mysteries by Nick Aaron for sale as ebooks on the usual platforms: Smashwords, Nook (Barnes and Noble), Apple iTunes, Google Play books, Kobo, and on most Amazon stores. They cost around four dollars.

19 The Story Girl

The Story Girl

Lucy Maud Montgomery | Children's Classics


The book is narrated by Beverley, looking back on his experiences one summer in Prince Edward Island. Sarah, known throughout this novel as The Story Girl, is exceptionally gifted at telling stories, spinning tales that captivate the other children living on the island.

20 In Poiana

In Poiana

Bogdan Silaghi | Drama


An interesting story from ancient times told through the words chosen by the author Bogdan Silaghi, written during the hot summer days, a more or less sad story.

21 The House in the Wood

The House in the Wood

Paul Addy | Children


A short story for kids aged 6 to 9yrs: In a land far away, 'Moopah and Fabby' live on a hill with three cuddly and sometimes talkative toys. When the grandchildren, Chloé and younger brother Evan, come to visit it's not long before the children discover the little house in the wood and make friends with its occupants, Sebi and his Grandpa. Apart from Mondays when it rains, there's warm sun, grassy fields, games, and exploring to keep them occupied until their idyllic summer ends with a startling conclusion.

22 Swamp Tales

Swamp Tales

Bill Russo | Horror-Gothic


From Bill Russo, the author of The Creature From the Bridgewater Triangle, comes new tales from the 200 square mile area that is sometimes called 'America's Bermuda Triangle'. This time the stories are fiction - and yet these yarns come from a place where 'real' and 'unreal' collide and exist in an uneasy truce in the same space. Four young friends gather at a summer camp near the eerie Hockomock Swamp. They spin a few campfire yarns. The oldest of the group tells a story that could be called The Cold Fingers of Death. His narrative is derided by his companions so he offers them a far darker scenario when he relates the bizarre life of Jimmy Catfish of the devilish body of disparate waters called Codfresh Lake.

23 The Blithedale Romance

The Blithedale Romance

Nathaniel Hawthorne | Fiction Classics


The principal setting is a communal farm called Blithedale (i.e., "Happy Valley"), a would-be modern Arcadia along the lines of the anti-capitalist ideals of Charles Fourier, yet is nonetheless destroyed by the self-interested behavior of some of its members. Among those members are: Hollingsworth, a monomaniacal philanthropist and confirmed misogynist who intends to turn Blithedale into a colony for the reformation of criminals; Zenobia, a passionate feminist of exotic origin who ironically finds Hollingsworth's misogyny irresistible; Priscilla, a young and impecunious seamstress from the city; and Miles Coverdale, the unreliable narrator, a minor poet and dandy given to acts of voyeurism. An intense friendship develops among these four during the spring and summer, but begins to disinteg...

24 Tale in Red

Tale in Red

Costas Stoforos | Youth


A fairytale created though facebook, inspired by Stepania Veldemiri’s drawings. Kostas Stoforos saw the first drawing of the girl sleeping, hugging her doll. He imagined a rain of peas and the tale… began.Text by text, story following another story, all led the princess without a name to meet the gloomy prince-painter. Their love will turn them to swallows but in the ending…A tale about Spring. Τhe first of a series: Yellow for Summer, Orange for Autumn, White for Winter

25 Agent out of Time

Agent out of Time

Guy Stanton III | Romance


Caleb Long tree is retired. Ready for life to just hurry up and end so he can be at peace safely away from the bitterness of his past. But life takes a turn when his rebel granddaughter comes home for the summer and actually seems to want to change. Change that is, if he’ll agree to give her all his money in his will. It’s a small price to pay to see her settle down. But young love can often become tumultuous. Would be lovers are separated by differences, even as enemies from the past lurk in the background waiting to destroy. There is a world of violence unseen by the masses. A place where torture is common, in a land that is very cold. Can a grandfather’s love reach across an ocean and scale a harsh landscape to keep a promise given to his long dead son? Or is he just too old and out of the game of being an agent for good?

26 Past Lives

Past Lives

Amy Hamlet | Mystery


When Sofia and Brice Moran’s parents are murdered, the teenagers must return to the place they used to spend every summer as children, until that is, Sofia suffered a tragedy no girl should have to endure. Now that she is again at the place she has tried to forget, the memories of her trauma plague her again only this time she vows to end it for good, with the help of a very sexy former high school friend. As Brice learns his sister’s secret, he also find that 'The Grove' he always loved, holds more secrets than good times. Now on board with Sofia to solve those secrets, all three of them realize they may be in for quite the surprise when it’s all over.

27 Love vs. Lust

Love vs. Lust

Holly Vane | Erotica


6 months have passed since Holly Adams parents were murdered and her town massacred. All summer long she along with her Guardian Angel boyfriend and the Prince of Hell have been running. Hunted by both sides, Holly has been whisked all over the globe in a frantic bid to keep her from Michael, the Archangel intent on her demise. Faced with an uncertain future all she has to rely on is herself and her two protectors whom she treasures more than life itself. She must find a way to dodge the Devil, Heaven and Michael, all of whom want her for their own ends... After Caleb makes a heart wrenching choice, his decision inadvertently leads to the biggest confrontation of our time... *Contains graphic sex scenes and drug references not suitable for under 16's*

28 The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen

The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen

Elizabeth Von Armin | Fiction


First published in 1904, The Adventures of Elizabeth in Rügen is a travel journal written in the same style as the author's other autobiographical works Elizabeth and Her German Garden and The Solitary Summer. Elizabeth's a goal is to ride her coach around Rügen, Germany's largest island and a popular tourist destination. Von Arnim records her journey with enlightening and always witty observations.

29 Nobody is Perfect so Pray

Nobody is Perfect so Pray

Lela Summers | Body & Spirit


This book is a collection of prayers and information for anyone who may not believe that they are entitled to talk to God or may believe that God is out of reach for them to ask for something special, or even those who may want to know more about God. You will be motivated, your self esteem level will be higher, and you will be more informed on who God is and who you are.

30 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Francis Scott Fitzgerald | Short Stories Classics


This story was inspired by a remark of Mark Twain's to the effect that it was a pity that the best part of life came at the beginning and the worst part at the end. By trying the experiment upon only one man in a perfectly normal world I have scarcely given his idea a fair trial. Several weeks after completing it, I discovered an almost identical plot in Samuel Butler's "Note-books." The story was published in "Collier's" last summer and provoked this startling letter from an anonymous admirer in Cincinnati: "Sir-- I have read the story Benjamin Button in Colliers and I wish to say that as a short story writer you would make a good lunatic I have seen many peices of cheese in my life but of all the peices of cheese I have ever seen you are the biggest peice. I hate to waste a peice of stat...